Caterina Minelli studied physics in Florence, Italy, and obtained a PhD in Nanotechnology from the École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2004. Between 2001 and 2004, Caterina gained industry-focused experience working at the Swiss Center for Electronic and Microtechnology. Caterina was awarded the International Fellowship for Young Scientists to work at the Biomaterials Center of the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science between 2005 and 2006 where she investigated blood coagulation mechanism on nanostructured surfaces. Afterwards, she moved to the UK to work at Imperial College London, where she was awarded the competitive EU Marie Curie Fellowship to work on peptide-based nanoscale systems for cancer therapy and diagnostics.
Caterina joined NPL in July 2010. In 2014, she was seconded to the former Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to work at the development of the Science and Innovation Strategy published by the UK Government in December 2014.
Areas of interest
Caterina leads the development of the metrology underpinning the industrial exploitation of nanoparticles and particle systems. She acts as an expert in the ISO TC229 (Nanotechnologies) and TC24/SC4 (Particle characterisation) and has been driving internationally a range of standardisation efforts in the area, including the VAMAS TWA34 Project 10 interlaboratory comparison on measurement of nanoparticle concentration. Caterina is currently working with other international measurement experts and instrument manufacturers at increasing confidence and repeatability in the measurement of the surface chemistry, charge, density and concentration of nanoparticles.
Caterina is also the NPL technical lead for medicine manufacturing. Within this activity, Caterina is liaising with Pharmaceutical companies and relevant research centre to support innovation in the manufacturing of both traditional and novel medicines. She coordinates related activities across several groups at NPL and engages with the wider stakeholder landscape.
Caterina is a chartered physicist and a member of the Institute of Physics.